Boy With Skin Condition Meets Dog With Same Condition

Growing up is tough enough and now add an illness that makes you feel different from all the other kids, that has to be a lot for a child to understand. Well meet 8 year old Carter who found a buddy with the same skin condition as his, Rowdy, a 14 year old Labrador Retriever. Is your heart smiling? I know mine is.

Carter and Rowdy were both diagnosed in August 2015 with vitiligo, a harmless auto-immune disease that causes a lack of pigment in certain areas of the skin.

For a while, Carter told he didn’t want to go to school: “I thought people would laugh, and tease me.”

But all that seemed to change when Carter and his mom flew more than 2,000 miles across the country to meet Rowdy. Carter’s mom, Stephanie Adcock said she kept in touch with Rowdy’s owner, Niki Umbenhower, after noticing her dog online. Social media to the rescue.

I love dogs so it doesn’t surprise me that a beautiful Lab would bring great comfort to an ill child. It’s what dogs do- bring comfort. ~grace

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